By Mike Garcelon, AACI, P. App, Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Peer Review
The wider world of peer review
P revious peer review articles have focused
on AIC’s Peer Review Pilot Project. In this
article, we will extend our view and take
a brief look at recent peer review developments by
other Canadian professions. A short update of AIC’s
peer review program is also offered.
In 2006, the Law Society of Upper Canada cre-
ated the Practice Review Program, which reflects
the Society’s emphasis on quality assurance in
service of public interest.
The Chartered Accountants of Alberta and BC
have each implemented a mandatory Practice
Review Program. Each firm is reviewed at least
once every three years and given recommendations
for improvement. Other provincial CA associations
have similar programs, as do numerous interna- “The Peer Review Pilot Project has progressed well since
tional associations (e.g., the New Zealand Institute
of Chartered Accountants).
its January 2009 launch, and initial feedback from
In 2002, the College of Nurses of Ontario participants has been very positive.”
created the mandatory Quality Assurance Practice
Review program with a stated purpose of protect-
ing the public and enhancing professional growth. gram auditing up to 5% of members on an training sessions, and creating a commercial
Up to 750 nurses and nurse practitioners are annual basis. review infrastructure. Also, the committee
selected at random each year. This program has a Based on this brief survey, it can be observed recently conducted a member-wide survey to
three-step process involving in-depth assessments that many of Canada’s top-tier professions gain a better understanding of the members’
and, if necessary, a remediation component. have recognized the tremendous benefits of an perceptions and expectations of the peer
In 2006, the Ontario Ministry of Education education-oriented peer review program. review concept.